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Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at the Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict, in New York, 12 July:

I thank Germany for organizing this open debate, and I thank the Council for its sustained commitment to the protection of children affected by armed conflict.  I would like to particularly thank the Foreign Minister of Germany for taking time to chair this meeting and I thank [him] for [his] leadership.

The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack held its official launch on 21 June, 2011 with sponsorship from the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations and the support of the Institute of International Education.

On the same day that three students were killed in raids by Syrian security forces on university dormitories in Damascus, a global coalition of UN, education and human rights agencies was launched last week to defend schools and universities against the growing threat of violent political and military attacks.

I am concerned by the increasing trend of attacks against schools and hospitals, and I encourage the Security Council to further ensure that such facilities remain protected. –UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, May 2011[1]

BEOUA, Côte d’Ivoire, 24 June 2011 – “We arrived at school at 7:30 a.m. as we always do on a school day. At exactly 8:30 we could hear shooting coming from the direction of a neighbouring village...